Bands to Watch #392: The Hunna

By on Monday, 26th September 2016 at 12:00 pm
 

The Hunna are an indie pop/rock foursome out of Hertfordshire who have been causing quite a splash since they released their debut single ‘Bonfire’ back in October 2015. In just over a year, they have built up an impressive fan base, toured the UK pretty extensively and also hit up a number of festivals this year, including The Great Escape in Brighton and Dot to Dot. To top things off, they released their debut album ‘100’ last month. All in all, it’s been a busy time for the group.

After a couple of years of writing music together as friends, the band had the bare bones of some tracks ready to record. In 2015 they worked with Tim Larcombe (Lana Del Rey) to put together the aforementioned single and its B-side ‘She’s Casual’. Both songs appear on ‘100’ and each have amassed plays in the millions on Spotify, along with the equally popular ‘We Could Be’ and You & Me’. The band’s name is slang for 100, so it’s apt that their first album echoes this sentiment. The emoji for ‘100’ has already been used to full effect on The Hunna’s social media: you can see it all over their Facebook.

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With this band, it’s important to not judge a book by its cover. You will have trouble equating their music with the images of the band available on the internet. Their look, with long hair and tattoos aplenty, made me expect a sound that was grungy and gritty. This was a big disconnect to the light, airy sound with pop leanings that I heard when hearing ‘100’ for the first time. The Hunna are a definite listen for fans of their label mates, the catchy-sounding indie/pop band Coasts, whom they supported on tour in October last year.

Single ‘Bonfire’ is the opening track, leading with the lyrics “if you love me then why won’t you use me / if you hate me then why do you care”, introducing the subject matter of love and relationships explored in the rest of the album. ‘Never Enough’ opens with an enticing bass rhythm, before lead singer Ryan Potter repeats “I keep falling in love / it’s never enough” for much of the track. There’s a wide range of influences that can be felt on the album. ‘Rock My Way’ opens with a Strokes-esque vibe. ‘Be Young’ feels early Kings of Leon-esque at times in its jangling guitar notes. You can’t deny The Hunna’s passion for making and playing music they care about. If their number of followers is anything to go by, they are undeniably popular, so it’s interesting to see where they go next.

‘100’, the debut album from The Hunna, is out now on High Time Records in the UK and 300 Entertainment in the U.S. The band has a few dates in the calendar for late September/ early October, and you can catch them in a few cities across the UK.

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